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Kalvin Phillips explains how life at Leeds has started to affect his personal life

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Leeds United youngster Kalvin Phillips has explained that he feels life as a teenager is different for him.

Leeds United youngster Kalvin Phillips explained to BBC Radio Leeds how life in the first team at Elland Road has started to affect his personal life.

Phillips was recently rewarded with a deal, which keeps him at the club for the foreseeable future after he came into the first team under the guidance of former head coach Neil Redfearn last season.

His elevation in status is encouraging but the profile of being a Leeds United player has started to affect Phillips as he goes about everyday life.

“I’m getting people starting to recognise me and I’m not really sure what to do - It’s a massive club and the fans are really into home grown talent so for me as a 19-year-old, it’s going to be a lot different to what other 19-year-olds are expecting at other clubs,” he said.

What’s encouraging about the central midfielder is that he seems like a very modest young man and someone who takes everything in his stride.

He’ll definitely benefit from Redfearn resuming his role as head of the Leeds academy, which will help him push harder for a first team place next season.

Redfearn knows the strengths of midfield options like Lewis Cook, Luke Murphy and Alex Mowatt and is well placed to help Phillips work on areas, which will help him to push higher up in terms of the pecking order at Leeds.

It would be a major surprise if he starts the season in the first team at Leeds United, but he’s got a real chance to make a positive impression during pre-season and in the under-21 ranks when the competitive action returns.

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